Culture vulture - What not to miss this week
The musical - Hairspray
Camp and wacky musical, adapted from the even camper and wackier 1988 John Waters movie. The film belly-flopped on release but has since built a cult audience drawn to its tale of teen angst in 1962 Baltimore (the one on the American Eastern Seaboard, rather than overlooking Sherkin Island).
From Monday, BGE Theatre, Dublin
The gig - Rufus Wainwright
Pianoman Wainwright has stepped away from pop to focus on operas, a move partly motivated by the commercial underperformance - as he perceived it - of his Mark Ronson-produced 2012 album Out of the Game. But he's back for a trek down memory lane with a show celebrating his first two albums, 1998's self-titled debut and its rhapsodic 2002 follow-up, Poses.
Monday, Cork Opera House, Tuesday, NCH Dublin
The movie - Yellow Submarine
So weird it freaked even the hippies a little, this Beatles animated vehicle from 1968 is re-released to mark its 50th anniversary. The animation is sub-Monty Python and the story makes no sense. The tunes aren't terrible, either.
Sunday, Palais, Galway
The podscast - Dead Rock Stars
They don't make bad boys (and girls) like they used to - as we are reminded with this bean-spilling recounting of the adventures of the music gods of yesteryear, hosted by rock journalists Mick Wall and Joel McIver. Smashed hotel rooms and back-stage parties are just the beginning of the craziness in a pod that captures the absurdity and excitement of old school rock 'n' roll.
The TV show - Warning: This Drug May Kill You
This gruelling documentary tracks the wildfire spread of the opioid epidemic through the United States, looking at the lives ruined and the vast profits reaped by drugs companies.
Wednesday, 10.05pm, Sky Atlantic
The boxset - Anne with an E
Adapted from early 20th century children's classic Anne of Green Gables, the Netflix hit returns for a second series, with Donegal-born actress Amybeth McNulty as the heroine.
Available now on Netflix